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January 13, 2011 / Suburban Subsistence

Changing out lightbulbs

One of the first steps my family took in lowering our energy consumption was to change out old style light bulbs for florescent. We had our apprehension about fluorescent bulbs. I think most people have school memories of old fluorescent bulbs flickering above them, or emitting an irritating an annoying buzz while in the middle of a big exam. For this reason we bought just a few at first to see if we liked them. It turns out compact fluorescent technology has come a long way.

One of the best parts about compact fluorescent is that the produce the same amount of light as older style incandescent light, but use less power. Here is grid from Wikipedia that shows the power usage of fluorescent vs. old style incandescent:

Many fluorescent bulbs boast a long life (3-5 years).  I have yet to experience this first hand, as most of our bulbs have only been in place for 6 months.  We have had a few bulbs fail, and since a bulb life of 3 or 5 years is guaranteed we didn’t have any trouble exchanging the bulbs for new ones at the stores we purchased them from.

If you are looking to make changes in your household changing out your incandescent lights for compact fluorescent is a great first step. You can update your bulbs as the old one’s fail or change them all out at the same time. And keep in mind that your local recycling center would love to receive your old incandescent lights.

If you are interested in learning more about fluorescent I highly recommend the Compact fluorescent Wikipedia entry.


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